Mel Dagg

Mel Dagg is the author of The Women on the Bridge (Thistledown 1992) and Same Truck, Different Driver (Westlands 1983), stories from both of which are also included in Four Wheel Drift.

He was born in Vancouver and grew up on Vancouver Island, received a Ph.D. in Canadian Literature at the University of New Brunswick, and after teaching at many Universities across Canada he has taken up residence in Sointula, British Columbia.








short fiction

275 pages/trade paper

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ISBN: 978-1-894345-52-1
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Mel Dagg

Mel Dagg’s newest collection of stories reinforces his stature as a writer of empathy and historical perspective. His characters — fishermen, farmers, First Nations people, drifters — battle the forces of history for their dignity and survival. Dagg invests economic and cultural realities with a distilled social realism.

These stories detail the Canadian landscape with the markers of nature and travel, while examining the ways in which individuals must cope with economic, social and environmental forces beyond their control. Irony and ambiguity often mark their fates; their lives often fractured by the unpredictable debris of their pasts.

Praise for Mel Dagg's fiction:

“Dagg demonstrates extraordinary poise...” — Eileen Manion, Montreal Gazette

“... a marvel of precision and personal vision.” — Frank Moher, Alberta Report

“... reverberates in the mind long after the book is closed.” — Joan Clark, Newest Review

“ . . . he is among the first to give a history book the power to involve us now and move us deeply . . . ”
— John Moore, Vancouver Sun

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112 pages / trade paper

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ISBN: 978-0-920633-99-1
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Mel Dagg

A provocative reconstruction of the Frog Lake Massacre of 1885 that draws on published accounts of survivors Theresa Gowanlock and William Cameron. A must read for anyone interested in the convolutions of Canadian history.

Ages 13+


Canadian Content (Fall 1994): 14. Clemence, Verne. “Female voices heard in account of Frog Lake confrontation.” Saskatoon Star-Phoenix . April 3, 1993.
Conte, Christy. Canadian Book Review Annual (1993): 185.
Hildebrandt, Walter. “Native tales show depth of frustration.” Calgary Herald . June 26, 1993. C12.
Kennedy, Michael P. J. “Common participants offer unique view of historic events.” Saskatoon Star-Phoenix . June 19, 1993. D6.
Kulak, Lorne. “Thistledown Fiction.” NeWest Review (June/July 1993): 32-3.
Moore, John. “Scenes from a massacre.” Vancouver Sun Saturday Review . May 29, 1993.
Ritz, Earla. Dandelion 20.1: 76-7.
Schmidt, Lisa. Prairie Fire 14.2 (Summer 1993): 105-7.

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